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Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani sets the date for the first legislative elections in the country's history

Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani sets the date for the first legislative elections in the country’s history

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The new Shura Council consists of 45 members, 15 of whom are appointed by the Emir

The first legislative elections in Qatar’s history are scheduled for October 2, according to a decree issued by Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Prime Minister and Interior Minister Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani called on Qataris to “actively participate” in the elections to select members of the Shura Council.

The Prime Minister stressed that the elections will be held on the basis of national unity and the principle of equality between Qataris, especially as it is the first election of its kind in the history of the country, according to what was reported by the official Qatar News Agency.

He said the government believes that “Qataris are equal in rights and duties,” adding that the implementation of this principle will be based on “the constitution, national traditions and established customs” and through “legal and constitutional tools and procedures.”